AVE MARIA, Fla.- The Ave Maria University women’s lacrosse program is pleased to announce the addition of Abby Castro-Rivera to the AMU lacrosse staff. Castro-Rivera, a 2017 graduate of Ave Maria, is one of the best players in program history, and was named to the Ave Maria University Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Castro-Rivera was a founding member of the Ave Maria University lacrosse program, joining the Gyrenes from Kennesaw State University for the 2015 season. She was a three-time captain for the Gyrenes, and still ranks in the top ten in school history in basically every category of note.
During her sophomore and junior seasons, she was selected as an All-American by the National Women’s Lacrosse League, earning Honorable Mention honors in both 2015 and 2016. Castro-Rivera’s lacrosse career continues to the present day, as the Miami native played for Colombia in the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship.
Her coaching experience includes time with the lacrosse program at Miami Killian Senior High School, as well as with the Colombian national team. Castro-Rivera is currently transitioning to a player-coach role with Team Colombia in preparation for the 2026 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship.
The Gyrenes are a program on an upward trajectory, as the Gyrenes’ six wins in 2022 marked the second-highest total in program history, second only to the national tournament qualifiers from 2017 (a team Sherman and Castro played on).
Ave Maria also won three conference games (including the conference tournament), which also tied a program record. Nearly every single-season record was broken or challenged during the 2022 season, with many of the players responsible scheduled to return.